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Clandon Park

Location for Weddings and Social Events

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RQ

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 100
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • Yes
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 19/05/06

Clandon Park is at West Clandon on A247, 3 miles east of Guildford.
A map is available here and there is a website for this location.

Paul Martin has given Clandon Park a rating of 4 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 5 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the Clandon Park.

Comments from Paul Martin:
Clandon Park is an amazing estate managed by the National Trust. Built c.1730 by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni, Clandon House is notable for its magnificent two-storeyed Marble Hall. The house is filled with the superb collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain, textiles and carpets acquired in the 1920s by the connoisseur Mrs David Gubbay, and also contains the Ivo Forde Meissen collection of Italian comedy figures and a series of Mortlake tapestries. The attractive gardens contain a parterre, grotto, sunken Dutch garden and a Maori meeting house with a fascinating history.

Clandon Park is available for exclusive use, for a Reception, Wedding Breakfast and Dancing after a religious or civil marriage elsewhere, or you may also have a Civil Ceremony performed here in the Saloon. No other functions will take place on the day of your wedding.

From a photography perspective, Clandon Park has much to offer as a venue for weddings in Surrey. I was recently reminded of the delights of this stunning venue, when I photographed a wedding ceremony followed by a dinner reception. The Tapestry Room which adjoins the Great Hall provides a atmospheric setting for the marriage ceremony. Photographing here can be tricky, owing to flash photography not allowed (so as to preserve the integrity of the ageing tapestries). Despite these restrictions, I was able to secure a pleasing sequence of documentary style photographs using available light, peeling in through the large bay windows; this is best achieved through standing at the front (something which is permitted by the marriage registrar).

Outside, the front entrance to the house is very grand and the imposing marble archietecture makes a very good backdrop for a large group photograph. I was also able to produce some very creative bride and groom portraits here. The surrounding gardens, littered with numerous benches, statues and shrubs also provide great vistas too. The gradnes are mainatined to a very high standard. Equally impressive is the Great Hall charaterised by ornate features in marble. Here I undertook many photographs due to the inclement weather; lighting is very good here, and I was able to record some stunning portraits. The function rooms are stylish and cosy. I loved the dining hall downstairs. Here again, though the windows are small, the white decor provides good light reflectance. Thus, it was possible to produce many non intrusive reportage photographs with natural light

In summary, Clandon Park is a fantastic wedding venue in Surrey, and for amazing wedding photography. Photographic highlights showing the features of Clandon Park, and of my recent wedding appear following this commentary.